Cardiff fighting Man City for Benfica striker Cardozo

Premier League new boys Cardiff City are fighting with former champions Manchester City for the signature of Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo, according to the Daily Mail.

Cardozo has been valued by the Portuguese club at £15m and was close to a move to Fenerbahce before a disagreement on wages saw the transfer collapse. But Man City have placed the Paraguay international on their striker’s shortlist, having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus at the end of June.

Cardiff have already signed Danish centre-forward Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen in an £8m deal and are lining up Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, Blackpool winger Tom Ince and Newcastle defender Mike Williamson for their return to top flight football.

Man City turned to Cardozo after pulling out of the race to sign Edinson Cavani after determining they would have to spend more than they feel the Uruguay international is worth in order to obtain his signature. Alongside Cardozo on the list of names being considered by the Etihad Stadium hierarchy are Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo, Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez and Fluminense’s Brazil international Fred.

Cardozo has been a Benfica player since 2007, moving to Lisbon from Argentinean side Newell’s Old Boys. In his time at the Estadio de Luz, Cardozo, 30, has scored 161 goals in 160 games, winning the league title in 2010.

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